Senior MTF Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Lowell area, MA
Spreading dirt to slowly fill low areas?
I have a few slightly-low areas of the yard that I might try to raise slowly. I've read that if you put down, say, 1/2" of dirt, the grass may survive, and grow through it. Letting you gradually build up that area, without necessarily needing to re-seed it (because you covered the grass in 3" of dirt), or maybe do something more-involved, like till the soil and re-seed (I don't have a tiller).
I have a tilting utility trailer for picking up composted dirt from the town, my lawn tractor (which will pull the trailer), an aerator (probably not helpful), a dethatcher (possibly helpful?), and a lawn roller.
Just curious if there were suggestions for how to use my available equipment to make the process easier. Not sure if I could, for instance, drop dirt onto a few areas, then use the dethatcher like a rake to help spread it around. Maybe raising the dethatcher a bit.
I realize this may sound silly, sorry. But people here have lots of experience and ideas, and hey, it's more fun to use available equipment, vs just doing it all by hand.
I've seen mentions that you can use a drop-spreader to help distribute dirt. Not sure how well it works. I don't have one (I have a push broadcast spreader), but I could keep an eye on CL for a cheap towable one.